Seen at the Capitol

Why is CalSTRS’ version of corporate skulduggery tolerated?

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Beginning in the late 1990s and for about a decade afterward, corporate accounting scandals unfolded one after the other. Bipartisan outrage over CEOs and CFOs cooking the books gave way to mostly Democratic initiatives to impose much more sweeping rules on the private sector. Some Republicans thoug...

Spendaholics Anonymous?

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

State legislators are pledging they won't spend all the windfall of new revenue produced by the economic recovery and the Proposition 7 tax increase. AP reported: State lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday for the second half of their two-year session, one that is expected to be marked ...

Will Kamala Harris monkey-wrench CA pension reform — again?

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

I've been following California politics obsessively since 1990, and I simply have never seen an editorial like the Los Angeles Times' piece Friday exhorting Attorney General Kamala Harris to do an ethical and honest job in preparing a ballot statement for a 2014 pension-reform initiative. Remember,...

Trial lawyers’ front group continues to get helping hand from media

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Consumer Watchdog's name should be Trial Lawyers' Helper. The organization aggressively works on many fronts to increase the ease with which trial lawyers can take money from people. If it is indeed a "consumer watchdog," than it would be transparent about its operations. It isn't. As Steve Maviglio...

Gov. Brown says one would ‘think’ Dems for disadvantaged

Monday, May 20th, 2013

May 20. 2103 By Chris Reed On Friday, I noted that the state budget scrum always involved a series of hardball power plays that exposed as fiction the idea that the California Democratic Party and the most powerful forces on the state's political left stood for "social justice." The trigger for t...

Prop. 39 tax-hike $ also may indirectly boost teacher pay

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

March 7, 2013 By Chris Reed It's not just money from Proposition 30's sales-tax and income-tax hikes that is being used to provide for teacher pay raises and to allow continuation of "step" pay policies that give teachers raises most years just for time on the job and to maintain "column" pay poli...

Is Ted Lieu the state’s Ultimate Nanny?

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

Sept. 4, 2012 By Steven Greenhut If you want to understand just about everything that's wrong with Sacramento, you need only peruse a press release recently sent out by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance. Lieu is proud of his laundry list of bills that meddle into myriad areas of private life. Lieu, who wh...

There Ought To Be A Pat On Back

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Steven Greenhut: California legislators sponsor a "There Ought To Be A Law Contest" to get ideas from constituents and students on, er, the new laws the state ought to have. Even some good solid Republicans go for this nonsense. We've often joked on our staff about the need for a contest on what law...

A New Portrait for Jerry Brown?

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Laura Sucheski: Here's a question that's surely been on the minds of California political history geeks everywhere. If Jerry Brown wins the governor's race, it will be his second time holding the office.  And just like the President of the United States, the Governor traditionally commissions a ...

'Let them eat pie!'

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Laura Sucheski: Democrats and Republicans made heavy use of baking-related analogies to the budget crisis today at the Capitol.   Republicans suggested Dem budget plans are half-baked ideas and decided to present them with an Easy-Bake oven to reheat those raw spots.   Democrats claimed Republican...